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Wide receivers in drag: A look back at that messy gay football arc on ‘Dawson’s Creek’

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Dawson’s Creek is notable for many controversial developments—the blossoming of the Joey (Katie Holmes) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) love story, the introduction and hasty exit of the show’s worst-ever character, the oversexed and underdeveloped Eve (Brittany Daniel), and a revolving door of unsuccessful showrunners following the exit of queer creator Kevin Williamson—but it’s not all bad!

An early-season arc involving gay teen Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) becoming an unlikely football star is surprisingly sweet, with a nice message and fun twists.

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, here are some “season highlights” (because sports!) of Jack’s short-lived but memorable football career.Subscribe to our daily newsletter for a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) of LGBTQ+ entertainment and pop culture, served up with a side of eye-candy.Highlights: Jack’s Dad SUCKS…And not in a good way!

The conservative, homophobic Mr. McPhee (David Dukes–RIP!) pays Jack a visit at Jen (THE Michelle Williams) and Grams’ (Mary Beth Peil) house, where Jack’s been living since he was kicked out for coming out.

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